The village of Thonburi, on the right (west) bank of the Chao Phraya (here in the lower left corner of the map), facing the fortress of Bangkok, during the 1688 Siege of Bangkok.[1]
Historical map of Thonburi on Chao Phraya River

Thonburi (Thai: ธนบุรี) is an area of modern Bangkok. During the era of the Kingdom of Ayutthaya, its location on the right (west) bank at the mouth of the Chao Phraya River had made it an important garrison town, which is reflected in its name: thon (ธน) a loanword from Pali dhána 'wealth', and buri (บุรี), from púra, 'fortress'.[2] The full formal name was Thon Buri Si Mahasamut (กรุงธนบุรีศรีมหาสมุทร 'City of Treasures Gracing the Ocean'). For the informal name, see the history of Bangkok under Ayutthaya.

In 1767, after the sack of Ayutthaya by the Burmese, General Taksin took back Thonburi and, by right of conquest, made it the capital of the Thonburi Kingdom, crowning himself king until 6 April 1782, when he was deposed. Rama I, the newly enthroned king, moved the capital across the river, where stakes driven into the soil of Bangkok for the City Pillar at 06:45 on 21 April 1782 marked the official founding of the new capital.[3]: p.14  Thonburi remained an independent town and province, until it was merged with Bangkok in 1971.[4] Thonburi stayed less developed than the other side of the river. Many of the traditional small waterways, khlongs, still exist there, while they are nearly gone from the other side of the river.

In 1950, Bangkok had around 1.3 million inhabitants, and the municipality of Thonburi around 400,000. In 1970 Thonburi was Thailand's second largest city proper with around 600,000 residents.

Wongwian Yai is a landmark of Thonburi District.


Three Thai-style pavilions adjacent to each other in front of Wat Prayurawongsawat rim Chao Phraya River (opposite Yodpiman River Walk), now head office of City Law Enforcement Department, BMA (formerly Thonburi Provincial Hall)[5]

At the time of the merger, Thonburi province consisted of nine districts (amphoe).

  1. Thonburi District (Thai: อำเภอธนบุรี)
  2. Bangkok Yai District (Thai: อำเภอบางกอกใหญ่)
  3. Khlong San District (Thai: อำเภอคลองสาน)
  4. Taling Chan District (Thai: อำเภอตลิ่งชัน)
  5. Bangkok Noi District (Thai: อำเภอบางกอกน้อย)
  6. Bang Khun Thian District (Thai: อำเภอบางขุนเทียน)
  7. Phasi Charoen District (Thai: อำเภอภาษีเจริญ)
  8. Nong Khaem District (Thai: อำเภอหนองแขม)
  9. Rat Burana District (Thai: อำเภอราษฎร์บูรณะ)

As of 2012, these have been reorganized into 15 districts.


  1. ^ Jean Vollant des Verquains History of the revolution in Siam in the year 1688, in Smithies 2002, p.95-96
  2. ^ Turner, Sir Ralph Lilley (1985) [London: Oxford University Press, 1962-1966.]. "A Comparative Dictionary of the Indo-Aryan Languages". Includes three supplements, published 1969-1985. Digital South Asia Library, a project of the Center for Research Libraries and the University of Chicago. pp. 384 and 469. Retrieved 5 August 2013. dhána 6717; púra 8278
  3. ^ Barrett, Kenneth (2013). "Introduction". 22 Walks in Bangkok (PDF). Singapore: Tuttle. p. 12. ISBN 9781462913800. Archived from the original (PDF 2.5MB 36 pp. ebook sample) on 2014-08-10. Retrieved 2014-07-27. ....'Thonburi' ... translated loosely as "Money Town" 1557 ... became Thonburi Sri Maha Samut, "City of Treasures Gracing the Ocean".
  4. ^ ประกาศของคณะปฏิวัติ ฉบับที่ ๒๔ (PDF). Royal Gazette (in Thai). 88 (144 ก): 816–819. 1971-12-21. Archived from the original (PDF) on April 25, 2011.
  5. ^ "ล่องนาวีสดุดีมหาราช "พระเจ้าตากสิน" ครบรอบ 250 ปี "กรุงธนบุรี"" [Cruising glorify the Great "King Taksin", the 250th anniversary of "Kingdom of Thonburi"]. AUTOPREVIEW (in Thai).

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